Wildlife Restoration Area or Dump Site?
Welcome to Toronto where we have a thriving wildlife and vegetation area masking an active dump site.
“The Toronto Harbour Commissioners (now Toronto Port Authority) began construction of the spit in the late 1950s and, since that time, it has been the site for the disposal of dredged material from the Outer Harbour and surplus fill from development sites within Toronto.” According to the website for the park.
Tommy Thompson park is an area in Toronto that Simon and I frequent in the winter months, while we are awaiting grizzlies to come out of their dens out west. The park is only open on weekends and holidays, as it is overrun with dump trucks coming in and out all day during the week, leaving piles of brick and tile behind. We’ve shot some great photos in this park in the past, and have always found this place quite unique, and somewhat peaceful.
This is the place where we were able to capture our first shots of mink:
Discovered our first urban beaver:
And found muskrat:
On top of that, snowy owls, snakes, turtles and great horned owls have been known to frequent the park.
Love it or hate it, wildlife has seemed to love it, and thrive in it.
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